Sunday School Lessons for Kids

100% free Sunday School lessons. Download a single lesson plan or choose a curriculum series. You’ll find thousands of Bible lesson plans and activities for Sunday School. Below is what we recommend lessons for this week. You can also search by scripture, Bible story, or theme.

Featured Sunday School Lessons

Sunday School Lessons from the Lectionary

The Bible Curriculum for Children's Ministry

the BIBLE curriculum

Take kids back to the basics of God’s Word one book at a time. The first unit of this 52 week curriculum is available for purchase at the Sunday School Store.

100% Free Lessons for Sunday School

Curriculum on the 10 Commandments

Gods Rules Ten Commandments for Kids Lesson Study

Sunday School Lessons: God’s Good Rules

12-Week Study based on the Ten Commandments for Kids

This new Bible curriculum includes coloring pages, games, and craft ideas for each lesson. Kids will discover the truth of God’s law, their trouble to obey, and the free salvation Jesus offers on account of the cross.

42 Week Curriculum on the Attributes of God

42 week Sunday school curriculum on the attributes of God

Sunday School Lessons: What is God Like?

42 unit study based on the Attributes of God for kids

One of the most important tasks of anyone in charge of children’s ministry is that of deciding what truth to teach the children under your care. In my years as a children’s ministry director it was one task that I took very seriously. There were so many things I wanted the children in our church to know, but as I listed them out, they all boiled down to the gospel: who is God?, who is man? and what did Jesus do? With these three simple questions and spiritual guidelines in mind I started forming our children’s materials.

32 Week Curriculum on the Psalms

32 lessons from the Psalms about praising God

Praise God through the Psalms

32 Sunday School Lessons based on the Book of Psalms

God deserves praise! That’s why the book of book of Psalms is a wonderful example of spiritual worship. This 32 lesson curriculum will help children understand and experience the character of God and respond with praise.

Lesson plans on following Jesus

Sunday School Lessons: The Walk

4-week practical training for kids on following Jesus.

This study is filled with practical help for kids as they learn to follow after Jesus and experience his power in daily life. All the lessons are available 100% free using the links below.

Armor of God curriculum for kids Sunday School

Sunday School Lessons: How To Win Against Sin

9-week curriculum for training kids in the Armor of God

The Armor of God is a great passage of Scripture to teach to children. It is visual and has immediate, real world applications for them. The 9 lesson unit covers Ephesians 6 verse 10-20. It is entitled “How to Win Against Sin” because our real battle is against sin, and with Jesus, we can win.

Sunday School curriculum on the Lord
s prayer

The Lord’s Prayer (includes coloring book)

10-lesson Sunday School curriculum based on the Jesus’ model prayer

Use our 10 part study to teach the Lord’s Prayer for Kids from Matthew 6 verse 9-13. In many churches, kids will memorize and recite this passage as a foundation for spiritual habits of prayer. Our curriculum and printables will reinforce that process and help kids discover the meaning in each petition of Jesus’ model prayer.

Parables of Jesus lesson plans

Parables of Jesus 

9-unit curriculum based on the teachings of Jesus

Kids learn best through storytelling (just like the first disciples) – that’s why teaching the parables of Jesus is perfect for Sunday School and Junior Church. This 9 lesson curriculum is 100% free to download an teach. Every verse of the Bible is important but the words of Jesus offer spiritual power for all disciples to obey.

Already have a theme or Bible story in mind? Use our search tool to find the teacher guides, lesson activities, curriculum, crafts, and for your class. We post Sunday’s lessons from the International Sunday School Lesson – Uniform Series. You will also see Bible studies based on the Gospel reading in the Revised Common Lectionary.

Sunday School Lessons – free for your Church

  • Life of Jesus (10 lessons – discover the way Jesus minister to the people and offers his salvation to all)
  • Fruit of the Spirit (9 lesson studies for kids to discover the spiritual fruits)
  • Days of Creation – Sunday School Lesson (studies on the truth about the beginning of the world, includes creation coloring pages and printable paperback mini-book)
  • Toddlers Knowing God (8 lessons for training the nursery in the basics of God’s character to start their faith strong)
  • Book of James (5 studies lessons on this practical New Testament book)

Age Specific Curriculum

Education Activities for Sunday School

  • Kings of Israel (28 studies, includes the history of King David and an account of the struggle of the Hebrews to obey God’s covenant.)
  • Book of Acts (34 unit curriculum will examine the history of the disciples & early Church leaders. Discover how the Holy Spirit was working in the creation of the Church.)
  • Sanctity of Life (5 lessons – key verse studies that examine the gift of life in God’s creation and address contemporary issues with God’s truth)
  • Tough Questions Kids Ask (9 lessons -address the big spiritual questions with the truth from the Bible. Examine and discover how to obey God’s Word in modern life.)
  • Bible Organization (3 lessons – ideal for classes of new believers)
  • Object Talk Messages (200+ lessons) includes sample audio video multimedia teaching examples. Follows the current year cycle of 52 weeks curriculum.

Seasonal Curriculum & Holidays Lessons

Our Sunday School curriculum has special holiday lessons. Chose from the list of teacher guides and studies below:

Lectionary Reference for this Sunday

Scripture Reflection & Personal Bible Study

  • These “John 14:15-21 devotions explain the promise that Jesus would send a comforting Holy Spirit. We’ve compiled the following devotionals to help you grow in your faith and understanding of God’s Word. Use them for personal Bible study or when preparing a sermon or Sunday School lesson on this passage. […]
  • These “John 14:1-14” devotions explain the powerful claim that Jesus is the only way to God. We’ve compiled the following devotionals to help you grow in your faith and understanding of God’s Word. Use them for personal Bible study or when preparing a sermon or Sunday School lesson on this […]

About our Digital Studies

Because all our teacher guides are free online in digital download & print – you never need to order samples. Just click through to the lesson and select the PDF download of the curriculum. Even if you purchase paperback curriculum on a regular cycle, our Sunday School lesson can give help buildup your studies with Bible based ideas. When you add our studies to your regular planning, you’ll become a stronger teacher.

Please email us if you have any suggestions if you or minister leaders have ideas to improve these classes.

Free Sunday School Curriculum from Other Websites

Bible Education Resources and Online Curriculum

The following websites have a good selection of free Sunday School curriculum for children. Many Christian education companies offer printed editions of for sale. However, there is plenty of free help to keep you busy for many months.

The index by scripture reference is a work in progress. For each book of the Bible you will find a variety of lessons, crafts, coloring pages and more. Some books will have more content than others. This index is not exhaustive because we’re tagging materials as we update them throughout 2019. It’s a new way to browse our content. Like all the resources on Ministry-To-Children, our Sunday School Curriculum is 100% free and easy print for your church.

Bible Reference Index (Alphabetical) New & Old Testament

New Sunday School Lessons for your church curriculum

  • Pentecost Bible Study Lesson for Kids from Acts 2:1-21

    This Sunday School lesson was designed for parents to use with their children at home on the week of May 31, 2020. It’s based on Acts 2:1-21 where the Holy Spirit empowers the early church to share the message of Jesus.

    Everything is included in the PDF download below (teaching notes, coloring pages, craft directions, game ideas, and worksheets).  Use what is most helpful for your kids and ignore the rest. Families can also watch our children’s message, suggested music, and craft demonstration in the video playlist below.

    Pentecost Lessons for Kids

    “Rushing Winds and Tongues of Fire”

    Pentecost Bible Lesson for Kids from Acts 2:1-21

    It’s Pentecost! There are many exciting elements to examine when it comes to this church event. The Holy Spirit comes, the church kicks off, tongues of fire appear and tongues of language are spoken…whatever you hone in on, this is a blessed and beautiful occasion. For kids, we celebrate Pentecost for its historical importance, as well as recognition of how God wants us to continue sharing the Gospel with others.

    Lesson focus: At Pentecost, the promise of Jesus was fulfilled when the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples. We recall these events in order to understand how we, too, have the Holy Spirit and should share the Gospel with one another.  

    Passage: Acts 2:1-21

    Target Audience: Kindergarten-6th grade (or whoever you might have at home!)

    Materials Needed: Candles, balloons, straws, construction paper, decorative materials, streamers, party horns, hair dryer, cups, beads, scissors, pencils, balls, Bible (all optional, depending which activities you choose to use—except for the Bible, you need that for sure).

    More Teaching Ideas about Pentecost

    Game and Lesson Introduction

    Lesson Opening: In this story, the Holy Spirit helper came to the disciples, just like Jesus had promised. The events of Pentecost are remarkable: flames on heads, speaking in other languages, enthusiasm and excitement…this could only come from God! Celebrate the story. Sprinkle some of these bonus items in before, during, or after the Scripture exploration.

    Here are some potential activities to enjoy…(select the best ones for your audience and age group): 

    • Try your hand at some language fun! Pick a foreign language, and learn some new words in it. Learn about the culture and people who speak that language, too.
    • Make a fun craft to accompany the story (see ideas below). You can also make some “blown painting” by using a straw to spread paint across a paper (hint: cover your work area well!)
    • Light some candles! With supervision, of course…
    • Have a windy race…Using a straw, see how fast you can blow a ping-pong ball or pom-pom from one side of a room to the other!
    • Fill a balloon with air…let it go, and see where it lands! With multiple people, see whose balloon can reach farthest across a playing area.
    • Some people call Pentecost the birthday of the church. Celebrate with party favors and classic birthday games (pin the cross on the steeple? Get creative!).

    Explain that Jesus had promised, before going to Heaven, that He would send the Holy Spirit for the disciples. He kept that promise, and in this lesson we will explore how Pentecost energized people to spread the Gospel good news. This message was not just for the early church, but for us, too, as we shine God’s love to one another. 

    Ask: The Holy Spirit entered like a rushing wind…what is so important about air? (It gives us life! We have to breathe…God gives us life, too!)

    Pentecost Bible Lesson (Acts 2:1-21)

    As always, how you choose to experience the story will vary according to the ages and abilities of your children (and how many are participating). You may wish to share video clips, children’s versions, or other methods to communicate the story of Pentecost.

    When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. -Acts 2:1-4

    Ask: The Holy Spirit entered in this event, just as Jesus had promised to send His presence. How do we know that God is always present? (This could be a tricky question! Consider elements of prayer, knowing all we have comes from Him, and the Bible.)

    Amazing things were happening here. Tongues of fire and rushing wind? Speaking other languages? Of course, we don’t experience these things on a daily basis. This was a remarkable and special event in the life of the church. We may not see this all the time, but it’s still amazing and exciting to learn about in order to consider how Christ still can and does work through us today.

    Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, 11 both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” 12 And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.” -Acts 2:4-13

    Sometimes people don’t understand what God is doing in our lives. They might criticize or critique what confuses them. The disciples were filled with power to do amazing and remarkable things, like speak in other languages. A lot of people believed the things that they shared, but there are always some who will be skeptical or grumpy. Explain to kids that even in this experience, God gave the disciples wise words to help them explain what was happening.  

    But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. 15 For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. 16 But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel:

    17 “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares,
    that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,
    and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
        and your young men shall see visions,
        and your old men shall dream dreams;
    18 even on my male servants and female servants
        in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.
    19 And I will show wonders in the heavens above
        and signs on the earth below,
        blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke;
    20 the sun shall be turned to darkness
        and the moon to blood,
        before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day.
    21 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’      -Acts 2:14-21

    Peter uses Scripture prophecies to remind the onlookers that God had promised what was happening would happen. The Holy Spirit enabled it, and that was only the beginning of the growth of the church.

    *Ask: The disciples were excited to tell everyone who would listen about Jesus. Who do you tell about Him?

    Remind kids that all of us are called to celebrate what God has done. The church is not just one place, but is the way Jesus uses us and our love to continue spreading the joy and love of Christ everywhere. We can tell people about God, and we can also live as His people by demonstrating genuine care for one another. Everyone, everywhere is our mission field!

    Crafts: “Spirit Wind” Pinwheel; party noisemaker shaker, tongue of fire headband, blown painting.

    Snack Ideas for this Lesson

    Make yourself a “flame in a cup” with some fire-colored fruits or veggies like strawberries, oranges, carrots, and peppers.

    • Have some flaming hot Cheetos! 
    • It’s the birthday of the church…enjoy some cupcakes!
    • Top crackers with orange and yellow cheese
    • The Holy Spirit is often depicted as a dove…how about some Dove chocolates?! 

Who are the Major Christian Education Publishers?

LifeWay Christian Resources: Long knows as the Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, LifeWay is a leading publisher of Baptist materials and curriculum for churches.

Group Publishing: An independent publisher of Sunday School curriculum, Christian Magazines, and Vacation Bible School.

Cokesbury & Abingdon Press: The traditional publisher of the United Methodist Church. Cokesbury is the retail division of the United Methodist Publishing House. Based in Nashville, TN, Cokesbury serves as an agency of the United Methodist Church but serves also as an ecumenical resource provider to other denominations.

Regular Baptist Press (RBP): Is the publishing company for the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches (GARBC), established in 1932 is one of several Baptist groups in North America retaining the name “Regular Baptist”.

Standard Publishing is a nondenominational Christian publishing company founded in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1872. Major publications have included its flagship journal, Christian Standard, and church education materials including Vacation Bible School curricula. In 2015, Standard Publishing became an imprint of David C. Cook when the latter acquired the company’s Bible lesson commentary series, Sunday school curriculum and other church resources.

David C. Cook: An American nonprofit Christian publisher based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It was founded as a provider of Sunday school curriculum and remains a major publisher of such materials. It also publishes fiction and nonfiction books and distributes supporting materials like toys and games.